The Choice To Help Or Hinder Our Progress

This weekend I accomplished another goal I had made about 5 months ago, I never spoke about it, I just decided that I was going to complete it by the Fall. I have been exercising a great deal for the past few months and walking has been my main method as I have come to enjoy it a great deal. Most of you know that I have a Fitbit that keeps track of my steps, I have even walked 10 miles through out the day once or twice. Last week I made a decision that I was going to get in at least 25,000 steps on this Saturday past. The first thing I did was buy groceries earlier in the week, I did the laundry on Friday... I made sure there would be no excuses for me to not complete this goal.

So, I not only achieved the 25,000 steps, I made it to 30,000 steps for the day... I set myself up for success by being prepared, by walking practically everyday and building up strength and by not using any excuses. It was quite a bit more than I have done previously, I had made it to 20,000 steps a few times in the past... I ended up having to walk a total of 14 miles for the day. I have to tell you, I feel great... I was sure I would not be able to walk the next day but I went right back out and walked 6 miles today beating my last time by 3 minutes from 2 weeks ago. 
I remember a few short years ago I was so unhealthy, I rarely walked more than a few blocks, I smoked, I only ate salad that was drowned in salad dressing and other veggies were an occasional occurrence. Today I regularly walk 3-6 miles per day, I don't smoke, salad dressing is a rare item and vegetables are a daily food that I love to eat. Of course I eat food that isn't always super healthy but it is within moderation and definitely not daily anymore.

I am really thankful that I had that a ha moment in May of 2013, the one that 'he' unknowingly ignited in me ... the one that got me started on a path I will be forever grateful for being on today. 'He' might have got me started on the path but it took my own strength and determination to stay there and do the hard work. To really stop looking for excuses not to do the work.... I say that because I look back to when I used to put in some effort to lose the weight over the years, invariably it wasn't about a life change, it was until I hit a certain mark. 
Whatever clicked in me that day has never left me completely. I continue to want to keep working and being my best as I never want to go back to that unhealthy girl that was sad in ways that I ate so that I didn't have to feel. Today I walk and write when the sadness shows up... both are much more conducive to reaching and maintaining my goals. Is it easy? I will never say that, the easy way would be giving up and giving into the sadness and food but I won't do that anymore. 
 
Whenever I think I don't have time or that I won't be able to accomplish it because of my age or the many other reasons I might come up with, I remind myself of the quote above that is very true, we all have the same 24 hours in the day, it is what we choose to do with them that matters. I need to work on other aspects of my life such as decluttering my home which I won't make excuses for as I prioritized other things as more important for now. Besides none of us are perfect, we are always a work in progress... forever making choices that will change us in ways that will will either help or hinder our progress. Today I choose to help my progress by making the choice to be better...
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80 comments :

  1. Wow, that's fantastic. I'm so proud of you!

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  2. OMG I'm so happy for you.
    You are an amazing and strong woman. I'm very very proud of you.
    kisses
    Maggie D.
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  3. 30.000, wow, that's impressive! I'm pretty sure I don't walk nearly enough...

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  4. You are one of the most disciplined, determined people I know, such a true inspiration Launna! Keep going, you're doing amazing. Thank you ever so much for being there for me lately, it means so much to me <3 Take care and keep walking! Xx

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  5. This is such a lovely read: So proud of you Launna, you're a great woman!!!!!!!!
    Kisses, Paola.

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  6. Congratulations on reaching that goal, Launna! I'm now curious how much I walk per day!!... Beyond the walking, your change in other habits, from routine to your diet... you've been doing amazing. Keep it up!


    Amber
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  7. Congrats not only on meeting your goal, but exceeding it! This is wonderful. I am proud of you. <3

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  8. I love that you're not just a goal setter, but you're a goal achiever!! :) AND I love the name glamma nana. ;) Saying a happy hello to you. I miss exercising. I'm still on the mend from that surgery I had and unable to do too awful much, but I'm getting there. Slowly but surely. :)

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  9. That's really something! 30,000 steps is not a joke. Well done Launna, you should give yourself a real pat on the back!

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  10. I'm so happy for you and proud of you, Luanna!
    You did great accomplishments, becoming at the same time stronger and more confident about your inner power!
    It's not important how long it was or if sometimes you failed in your goals, the important thing is that you never give up and now you're meeting your goals!
    keep on going like this! :D
    Baci!
    S
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  11. Its your choice to become the person you are right now. Imagine, 30000 steps! Crazy...like out of mind! Im so proud at you!!! Each progress you´ve did so far seems to be a little piece of the huge puzzle your are working on that day this one person decided to change everything! At the end his decision made you stronger, much much more stronger!!! Can´t describe how proud i am!!! Send you thousand of hug! Plz plz never give up

    Love,
    Martin

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  12. Really lovely post dear! Hope you have a fabulous day.

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  13. You have every reason to be proud of yourself, Launna! You have come a long way, turning the negatives into positives in your life, not many can say the same about their life. Instead of wallowing in self pity and blaming the world for every downfall in life, you take the bull by the horns and move forward. I wish I have the opportunity to meet you in real life, I have so much respect for your strength. xx

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

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  14. Declutter your life and focus on what moves your spirit, release all negativity and find balance again. Happy for your remarkable achievement Launna, wishing to see your achievements more and more <3

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  15. Que maximo amei sucesso, tenha uma semana abençoada.
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  16. This is amazing! Congrats on successfully pushing yourself toward a healthier lifestyle. I can see how proud you are of what you've accomplished and I'm sure you'll keep surpassing your expectations!

    -M
    www.violetroots.com

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  17. Congratulations! Waling 30,000 steps is quite an accomplishment. You have made so many positive healthy changes in your life and it is wonderful to see how determined you are to keep it up! I have said it before- but you truly are an inspiration. :)

    Have a lovely week-
    ~Jess

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  18. Hello Launna, I came via KB's blog. I am very encouraged by your sharing, about your determination to keep up your walking exercise. I too have been walking regularly every morning in the park but due to the serious haze situation in my place, we have put our walking on hold for the time being. I am hoping for the haze to go away and continue the walking exercise. Have a beautiful day! Just to let you know I am following you. Thank you.

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  19. Awesome goals and success! I am glad you are keeping on track. It makes me smile. All the best..everyday!

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  20. Aquela loção é boa e barata. Não faz milagres, mas pelo preço vale a pena!

    Se escolheu o progresso você já venceu. Determinação e foco agora para completar o seu objetivo máximo.

    Ótima terça, Launna!

    Beijo! ^^

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  21. Compliments from my heart dear Launna, for all your achievements!

    La Flò ♡ blog

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  22. You can be so proud of yourself! You've accomplished and exceeded your goals, and you've embraced a healthy lifestyle. Well done!

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  23. You are an inspiration!! Seriously.. I love coming to your blog, your self-will is contagious! <3 - www.domesticgeekgirl.com

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  24. My compliments, Launna, next time I try to avoid Pilates or running, I'll be thinking of your goals and inner strength. You're my light :)
    A big hug from Milan!

    xoxo
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  25. Launna!!!! That is astonishing! I’ve never even come close to 20K on a day that I’ve walked. I can’t imagine what your legs felt like after 30K. That’s amazing! I wonder how far into your walk that I’d want to give up. For me the same ole scenery has a lot to do with it. I wish I had somewhere else I could go. I’d love to read a post where you tell how you start your day like that, what you see along the way, what you listen to, think about etc….

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  26. Hey, Launna! That was such a moving post! Loved the way you write! :)
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  27. Hi Launna.... I read abt ur walking progress on Instagram and I am very happy for you.. keep going n good luck for future ♥♥

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  28. It is great that you are always improving yourself and helping others and inspiring others.
    Thank you for stopping by and I hope that Lenny gets a lot of good wishes because he needs them right now.

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  29. Passando para ti deseja uma noite maravilhosa
    Canal:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EgeQXJjUpSQ
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  30. I don't even care that I can't catch you -- I am so happy for you and your continued success! HUGS!

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  31. That is so awesome that you not only reached your goal but also passed it! Way to goo!!!
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  32. So amazing, Launna! I'm really happy for you, I love hearing about people sticking with and accomplishing goals--it's always so inspiring!!
    I'm glad you've made the choice to be healthier. It's tough, and takes a lot of strong will to break free of habits. Sure, we all want to be better, but we need that perseverance to help us follow through! I'm glad you have it :)
    I like this certain metaphorical quote, really similar to what you said, about how we are all works of art in progress. We're messy and abstract and beautiful. But we're in progress. We may not be where we want to be, but we keep going and we can reach there if we really try.
    I hope everything's been going well for you, Launna! Have missed you! I'm so sorry I haven't stopped by in a while. It's been busy and a little stressful lately. I haven't had time for too much. But, just know I'm always thinking and hoping everything is going okay! x

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  33. Wow your Really such a wonderful example of reaching your goals and striving to meet new ones!

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  34. Congrats on sticking to your goals. Determination is always the key and you my dear have that. Way to go.
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  35. So good! Glad you have found positive outlets to take away sadness that comes and goes. I know how hard it can be sometimes to make better choices, and once you do it is all worth it. Happy for you! Hope you beat another record, and reach many more goals in the coming weeks.

    Much Love,
    Tania
    http://inspiremyfancy.blogspot.com/

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  36. I say this from the bottom of my heart; I am so proud of you! I am really happy that you feel better and more healthy now. Very good that you walk so much and that you quit with smoking. Keep up the good work!

    xoxo
    www.its-dash.com

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  37. Thanks for the visit Launna. I agree change can be really scary but in the end it's all worth it =)
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  38. Big congrats, Launna. You are the best! Have a wonderful rest of the week.

    Jasmine ♥♥♥

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  39. Bom dia amiga arrasou
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  40. Of course, the ah-ha moment comes at a good time, when you have the time to make the change, make the necessary changes to become the better version of yourself. Reflect and be thankful of the journey, the journey is sometimes more important than the goal and end result, one appreciates it more when they reach that goal. :)

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  41. I totally need to kick it up a notch and get active like you. Granted, I have to get over a sore hip--left over from pregnancy, and find time around the kids. It will happen though.

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  42. congrats!!! that's a good way to get in fit, phisically and mentally
    kss a lot launna
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  43. I am so happy for you, Launna!!! You go, girl! :) I always feel better when I am active. I love taking long walks in nature and if I don't get to do that I try to stay busy at home doing laundry, cleaning and organizing, I am still active just in a different way.

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  44. So proud of you for reaching your goals! I'm especially happy that you quit smoking - I've seen it do such terrible things to those that I love. Hope you're having a great week!

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  45. kudos to you for this latest achievement! you are such an inspiration and can't wait to hear what you do next.

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  46. YOU are proud of you and that's the best feeling in the world. We are all so proud of you too. Well done babe - always amazing to see your progress and optimism xx

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  47. Wow congratulations on reaching yet another goal! You are an amazing woman Launna and I wish you many more successes!

    Bella Pummarola

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  48. Launna

    WELL DONE
    CONGRATULATIONS

    You must be so pleased and proud of yourself - you should be.

    All the best Jan

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  49. Congratulations Launna :) i'm really happy for you.. Everything seems doing well and you're exceeding your goals :) that's really great! :) Absolutely right, it's really important to have self discipline in order to achieve our goals :) Same goes with me, I'm actually trying to squeeze my schedule to exercise regularly. I do jogging every after office hours, I just really hope this will last long.. :)

    Best regards,
    Rica | www.sassycebuannachic.com

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  50. Passando para ti deseja um bom final de semana.
    Canal:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EgeQXJjUpSQ
    Blog: http://arrasandonobatomvermelho.blogspot.com.br/

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  51. Hello Launna, i just nominated you for an award on my blog here: http://toinlicious.blogspot.com.ng/2015/10/lets-marvin-gaye-and-get-it-on.html

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  52. Very true Launna, change is really hard at first and it needs much courage to take the first step as there will be many hurdles thereafter but a perfect end definitely makes it worth all the suffering!! So I believe one should take that friend if it is for better. Hope you are doing good my dear friend <3 Love and kisses
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  53. I need to get in shape :)) Well done dear !
    xoxo

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  54. Congratulations! That's quite a milestone, girl. I'm proud of you.

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  55. I love that I have been watching you on this journey for quite some time now and seeing you unfold your wings like a butterfly. You have been reborn, and it's a beautiful thing to witness, my friend! <3

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  56. Goodmorning my dear, I wish you a wonderful week end, a great great kiss.

    La Flò ♡ blog

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  57. Great to hear that Launna. I guess its not how long you take to accomplish something. It's just about working hard towards it. I love how determined you are.

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  58. Happy weekend. Always blown away by all you do, :).
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  59. Hey Launna, I really like that first quote cause it's pretty right. Hugs and wishes for an amazing weekend.

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  60. Well said my dear <3

    The Cutielicious
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    Federica

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  61. Congrats for reaching your new goal :)
    Great quotes <3
    xxx
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  62. wow great news, Launna! So happy for you my dear friend!! Love the second and the third quote!!
    This was definitely an inspiring post!
    Wishing you more luck and good days ahead!
    Have A Lovely Sunday
    <3 Epsita

    www.thepositivewindow.com

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  63. Launna, congratulations on reaching and going beyond your goal! Wow, you are so amazing and such an inspiration. Big hugs to you on your success!

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  64. I can't express how proud and happy I am for you! I follow your steps on Twitter and you are an outdoor person, with all the walking... you are the biggest inspiration for me! Thank you my friend! And keep up the great work! Change is good!

    xoxo Suzy ( ˘ ³˘)♥

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